Swim! Swim!

Overview


A snazzy story about friendship and true love!

Lerch is one sassy, snazzy fish who seems to have it all: good looks, charm, a great sense of humor, and a perfect smile. But he's lonely (the bubbles and the pebbles ain't talkin'!) and wants to find a friend. But where? Then, with the help of an unexpected "admirer," Lerch meets Dinah, and it's true love from first glance.

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (18) from $1.99   
  • New (10) from $3.99   
  • Used (8) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview


A snazzy story about friendship and true love!

Lerch is one sassy, snazzy fish who seems to have it all: good looks, charm, a great sense of humor, and a perfect smile. But he's lonely (the bubbles and the pebbles ain't talkin'!) and wants to find a friend. But where? Then, with the help of an unexpected "admirer," Lerch meets Dinah, and it's true love from first glance.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Readers may not take away any lessons about how to be a good friend from this story about a goldfish desperate for companionship, but they'll find no shortage of laughs. Lerch the fish (really author/ illustrator James Proimos) narrates his own story in speech bubbles: "I'm lonely," Lerch announces with a piteous frown and eyes full of longing. "I need to find a friend." Confined to a fish tank, he looks for love in all the wrong places. He tries to befriend colored pebbles ("So, you are not talking"), a plastic deep-water diver, and aerator bubbles, eventually concluding, "It's official. No one loves me." Lerch's dilemma is both accidentally and dramatically resolved when a cat takes a special interest in him (and insists on calling him "Lunch"). Lerch hangs above the cat's toothy smile for a page before the cat plops him into another tank with a fish named Dinah ("Lunch! Meet Dinner!"). Proimos's high-energy digital illustrations, which appear in comic book-style panels, play up Lerch's emotions at every turn, from his extreme elation at discovering potential friends to his devastation when they don't work out. Ages 4-8. (July)
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Lerch, a goldfish with huge eyes and a small red hat, is lonely. He swims throughout his tank looking for a friend. No luck. The pebbles refuse to talk to him; the plastic snorkeler remains mute; the bubbles in the aerator do not answer, even when he speaks their language: "Blub, Blub, Blub." Lerch is sad because no one loves him. When a cat peers through the glass, Lerch thinks he has found a friend at last. The cat insists on calling him "Lunch." He picks Lerch out of the tank and drops him into a nearby fishbowl with "Dinner" a goldfish with a bow on her head, whose real name is Dinah. Apparently the cat is so pleased to see the fish fall in love at first sight that he leaves without eating them. Thus Lerch and Dinah apparently live happily ever after. The full-page illustrations are colorful and humorous. A fun story time choice about the value of friendship. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 1—Lerch, a goldfish wearing a red hat, tells of his isolated, solitary life. He talks in speech bubbles, reminding himself to "Swim. Swim," just to fill the quiet void. He asks the pebbles at the bottom of his aquarium if they will be his friends. No answer. So he attempts to start a conversation with a small underwater diver and with the bubbles from the aerator, to no avail. When a cat plucks Lerch from his watery home and calls him "Lunch," it appears to be the end for our finned friend, but the end turns into a beautiful beginning. Large, childlike illustrations done in ink and Photoshop, with everything outlined in thick black lines, have aqua, purple, and blue backgrounds. The large font and few words make this simple story of friendship accessible to early readers. As author and illustrator, "Lerch" is a pseudonym for James Proimos.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545094191
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 448,071
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.26 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2011

    Cute book

    This is a cute book along the lines of Mo Willems "Pigeon" books. My 4 year old loved it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)